REVIEW: The Wonderfully Magnificent Mary Poppins at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 18:47

Brandi Burkhardt stars as Mary Poppins (center) and Leigh Brian Wakeford (on knee) stars as Bert with the company in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of MARY POPPINS, directed by Glenn Casale and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Editor’s note: We would like to introduce Sandra Green to the La Mirada Blog team as a theatre reviewer. Welcome aboard Sandra!

La Mirada~As the last showcase of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment series for the 2014-2015 season, the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts welcomes the wonderfully magnificent Broadway musical Mary Poppins, now showing through June 21st.

Not just for kids, theatre goers of all ages and tastes will enjoy this production directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by the late Dan Mojica.  In no way do you need to be familiar with the Disney movie or original book by PL Travers-- Mary Poppins brings to life the fun and magical antics of a British nanny trying to tame the mischievous Banks children.

For those who are familiar with the Disney film Mary Poppins (also celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year), you will enjoy the beloved score featuring “Chim-Chim Chiree”, “Step in Time”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, and many more.

Brandi Burkhardt (Mary) and Leigh Wakeford (Bert) lead the strong vocals in this show as well as engage the crowd with their show-stopping performances both “above” stage and crowd (choreographed by Paul Rubin).

Audiences can expect to see Mojica’s challenging choreography sequences, a true testament to his lifelong work.  Together, the ensemble creates a production to be enjoyed by all.  Mary Poppins flies into this production with wit, sarcasm, and amusement yet easily brings a tear to the eye once the wind changes and she departs.

Ensemble cast includes Kim Arnett, Nick Adorno, Kat Borrelli, Brandon Burks, Kevin Patrick Doherty, Michael Dotson, Jake DuPree, Helen Geller, Mary Gutzl, Devon Hadsel, Martin Kildare, Natalie McDonald, Dino Nicandros, Rachel Pfeifer Green, Joel Rene, Brians Steven Shaw, Noa Solario, Momoko Sugal, Christine Tucker, Shannon Warne, Logan J Watts, John B Williford, and Time Winters.

Production of this entertaining show is led by director Glenn Casale; Musical Direction by Dennis Castellano; Choreography by Dan Mojica; Flying Sequences Choregraphed by Paul Rubin; Scenic Design by J. Branson; Costume Design by Janet Swenson; Lighting Design by Jared A. Sayeg; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Projection Design by Jonathan Infante;  Property Design by Terry Hanrahan and Hair and Wig Design by Katie McCoy; Casting Director, Julia Flores; Production Stage Manager, Jill Gold and Assistant Stage Manager, Jess Manning.

Tickets: $20-$70. Discounts for Groups, Seniors, Students are available. To purchase you may call the Box Office at (562) Poppins944-9801 or order online. Performances: May 29-June 21, 2015, playing Wed.- Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.

 
 

 

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